Monty’s posting of a theory about team CFVY reminded me that I never tried to put my own together.
While I agree with some points, I think there are a lot of things that might be off. Kind of a 50/50 thing. Given that we have so little information, it is really hard to say.
So first we need to look at a few facts. I went to the RWBY Wiki, which has links to tweets and teasers posted by Monty—-very helpful. First and foremost, we need to remember one important thing—-
"Velvet’s teammates greatly value her abilities and have had many battles together." This was quoted from the contest—I remember that line. So that throws out several of that guys theories about the relationship between Fox and Velvet.
Something the Wiki points out is that all but Fox has a relation to sweets—HOWEVER there is a UK company called Fox’s Confectionery located in Leicester.
So, looks like they are all based on sweets of some kind—which makes perfect sense because some kind of sweet is often had with Coffee :D Well, except for Yatsuhashi. That particular sweet is often served as a side with Japanese Green tea, called Matcha. That also explains his coloring :)
So let us take a look at the first member—Coco. Really, we don’t know much at all. Her design is reminisce of most strategically minded individuals from animes and RPG based games. In fact, she reminds me specifically of this wonderful character:
While the guy in the video pictured her as being wild, I completely disagree. I see her as the cool calculating type. She always has a strategy, and she is constantly creating her weapons from things in her bag. Much like Rikku from FFX (this was actually other job classes in earlier version of Final Fantasy as well. And we know Monty likes those games—just look at Dead Fantasy). So Coco looks much like the kind who doesn’t really tolerate stupidity. She probably enjoys things like chess—and if she does cause any problems, it is because she gets into an “inventing” phase. We don’t know what kind of beret she is wearing. It could be military or artistic. She has a steam-punk vibe to her, though.
While Coco is probably not a mage, I think she uses the bullets and items in her bag to make explosions. Each combination will have a different effect. Great for cover if they need a smoke bomb or a boost. I do get a military vibe from her—-the kind to bark out orders and be quick, succinct, and expect you to understand it with little explanation. If you do need an explanation, she might be a little exasperated because “It is so simple!”. However, she could probably go on for hours about her favorite topics of chemical reactions, inventions, etc. Well, that is the vibe I get from the image of Coco.
Fox. Okay, this guy looks the part of foxes. I agree with the video—he will be a trouble maker. I don’t think he is the type to bully Velvet, but I think he dislikes her timid personality and is constantly jibing at her to grow a spine. The conflict between them would be more like that than him actually hating her. He has the feeling of someone who is a bit lazy, but is super-cunning. He will let Coco handle all the strategy—he is better at thinking on his feet. The tonfa-like weapons. I knew I had seen that design somewhere before—-well, something similar. It took me a while to find something like it—-Tekken, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur…and that last one was where I found it.
I can agree with the video, obviously Fox is a melee fighter. He can bash with his fists, as they have protective covering and will cause tons of damage, or he can slash and hack if something gets too close. It wouldn’t surprise me if the blades can be snapped forward to add more range and act similar to claws.
I imagine more friction between Fox and Coco than Fox and Velvet. His lazy, someone else-can-do-it attitude probably irritates her and they may be at odds in regards to cleanliness as well hehe.
Okay, so we have a bit more information about Velvet. We know that she is timid and quiet, much like a rabbit. She doesn’t like confrontation, but she probably is also not willing to talk about things with her teammates because she doesn’t want to be a burden. Monty points out in his Velvet Battle Gear contest journal entry the following: “What I can tell you is her battle class. She’s a mage. But not just your typical mage, no; she’s… different.
Velvet is agile and athletic, with a modest, modern taste in fashion. Due to her versatile fighting style, I’d advise against incorporating heavy armor, or armor of any sorts that could hinder her abilities. Rabbits are light on their feet, after all.”
The only clue we have about her weapon is a box
With her symbol upon it—a stitched heart. From the design, it is obvious that the box’s lid splits open from the center of the lid. I like the video’s theory about some kind of puppeteer, but I think there needs to be a bit more. She is a Mage, after all. So far, we do know that there are two kinds of Mages: Dust and Aura. The mages we know are more than in the video. We know of Cinder, Glynda, Ren and Weiss. I count Ren because of his exceptional use of Aura outside of himself, which puts Aura in the Mage category without dust. Weiss is obviously dependent on Dust. We do not know completely about Glynda or Cinder, but there is a theory that Cinder has Dust in her dress and Glynda in her wand. Most likely, each team will have some kind of mage in their ranks for balanced teams. Even if they are minor mages. It is very possible that Jaune will come to fulfill that role completely in the future, but I digress..
So the question is, what kind of Mage is Velvet? Monty pointed out that she is not typical—but we really do not have a context to put that into give the series so far. In any case, I think that whatever is in that box is manipulated by her Dust or Aura abilities. Since the lid opens completely, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a puppet following Kankuro from Naruto. Or maybe more than one type of puppet, allowing her to do a variety of things. Perhaps it is a multitude of different “toys”—for example, a horse to boost speed of the members, or something along those lines. Or, if it is drawing directly from the Velvet book then a fairy-type? Many possibilities.
Now for Yatsuhashi. Monty was enjoying posting all those yummy pastries! If you ever get a chance, try them. They are really good! The center is something called “anko” which is basically sweet red bean paste.
Now, the weapon shape is nowhere near what a shamisen or koto looks like—-even stretching the imagination. It is more like the Naginata, or similar to what Sagara Sanosuke used in Rurouni Kenshin (or various characters from several fighting games). I agree that Yatsuhashi is the tank—-but I think he is more akin to Zatouchi than sound-fighting. I think that he can swing that weapon hard enough to cause a small earthquake, though—and his hearing is probably super sensitive. In other words, I think he is blind :) (By the way, Zatouchi is a blind samurai swordsman. Old but good show.)
I think that the images are also a hint at his personality more than his weapon. He is probably a samurai type. Quiet and reserved, doesn’t say much. Maybe takes Velvet in as his younger sib and is a bit protective of her. I don’t see him as the type to talk a lot, but despite his lack of sight, he is extremely observant of the area around him. He is probably musically inclined—maybe he plays either or both instruments.
So that is my prediction. I guess lots of people are wondering why the team isn’t helping Velvet out with the bullying. I have found that, with Monty, sometimes the simple answer is the best answer. And that is—they don’t know. She won’t tell them and Cardin, no matter how much you hate him, is not stupid enough to bully her in front of a team where the tank is twice his size. The idea that her team was not at beacon yet doesn’t hold water. They have to go through the trials together, and there is no proof that Ozpin threw everyone off the cliff together. Most likely, it was in groups. Them not caring about and not liking Velvet because she is Faunus doesn’t hold water, either. Monty specifically said that they value her abilities and have fought many times together. You can’t value someone’s abilities if you hate them for what they are. It is also difficult to be a cohesive unit if you hate each other. There was some hinting at this fact during the Emerald Forest arc with Ruby and Weiss.
Now…if they have fought many times together as a team…wouldn’t that mean that they have been a team for a while? Would that indicate that they have been at beacon for a while now? Maybe older than RWBY and JNPR? That would put them as seniors or at least one year ahead of the others.
Anyway, that is my take on the team. I don’t think any one else on the team is a Faunus—oh, and the video said something about Velvet have night vision? Nope, that was only *some* types of Faunus. Rabbits don’t have night vision, or not very good anyway. Cats are more likely as well as a few other species. The fact that in, it says specifically in Episode 12 part 2 of Jaundice that “Many Faunus are known to have nearly perfect sight in the dark.” Many. Not all. Not most. Which means, that most likely the night vision is connected to the type of Faunus.
Whew…glad I got that out before the next episode. Now I can see how right/wrong I am :)
Oh, and one final point. IF Velvet was miserable with her team, she wouldn’t be smiling or walking with confidence in those photos above. She would be sad, cringing, or in a similar pose as Penny with her “team” or whatever that is. Monty is good at dropping visual hints now and then. :)